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Anxiety is a common, treatable condition most people can relate to.

It is normal to feel anxious when faced with something dangerous, difficult or unknown, for example when starting a job or sitting an exam. If everything goes well, the anxiety will most likely go away. This kind of anxiety can be helpful in stressful situations, because it increases alertness.

Do you feel tired all the time?

From NHS Choices’ July newsletter…

Psychological tiredness is far more common than tiredness that's caused by a physical problem. Mental health problems such as depression or anxiety can make you feel more tired. They can also prevent you from getting a proper night's sleep. The worries and strains of daily life can be exhausting – even positive events, such as moving house or getting married. Read more at NHS Choices website.


A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal.

Phobias are more pronounced than fears and are a type of anxiety disorder. They develop when a person has an exaggerated or unrealistic sense of danger about a situation or object.

If a phobia becomes very severe, a person may organise their life around avoiding the thing that's causing them anxiety. As well as restricting their day-to-day life, it can also cause them considerable anguish.